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wanted to be late in the process. i'd been in the senate one day, and back in 1985, and dan inouye came to visit me in my office. he was up here, i was down here. and he just introduced himself, we talked a bit about our states, he had all kinds of seniority and, you know, amazing qualities. and i was nothing. and he came to see me. i'm sorry, but you don't forget things like that. says something about him which went through his life. just the way he was. from there, a long friendship began. and while i believed he looked at me as a friend, i looked to him as so much more than that. he was in a total sense a mentor with sort of a confucian touch because he had a japanese heritage and i had an interest in japan and he had a way of imparting judgments and wisdom which were in the eastern method, very subtle. he was not always that way, but he could be, and he was with me. i learned from him how this chamber works, how to get things done. i watched the way he did them. not with a heavy fist or sharp words, but with thoughtfulness, hard work, a commanding presence, that voice, that voice. a
on this appointment to fill the seat of the late senator dan inouye, who as we all know, was an institution in and of himself. once he is sworn in, the designee will be one of the youngest senators in this body. nevertheless, he has a long history of serving the state of hawaii. prior to entering politics, the senator-designee served for eight years as c.e.o. of helping hands hawaii, one of hawaii's largest nonprofit social services organization. he's also served four terms in the hawaii assembly house of representatives and served until just a few minutes ago as the lieutenant governor of the state of hawaii. having been a lieutenant governor, he has experience as a legislator and then as one of the presiding officers of the entire senate, speaks of itself as helping prepare for this job he has here. he will build upon the foundation laid during senator inouye's five decades of representing the state of hawaii. while no one can fill the shoes of our friend, senator inouye, brian schatz is a young man with a future full of promise and opportunity. mr. president, i would ask unanimous consen
a professor, dan smith, from the university of florida testified at your hearing in tampa. in fact, that his investigation, is the university investigation found that there were two particular groups that utilized in the history of florida early voting over the previous decade sundays as the time that they voted. one was african-americans, and the other was hispanics. that was one thing the legislation did. the law also made voting harder for people who had moved from one county to another and had a different address. because when they showed up to the new voter registration, if they did not have in their documentation, such as their drivers license, which likely they had not updated from the old address, it was a different county, they were not allowed a ballot. they were given a provisional ballot, and we know from the 2008 elections of the provisional ballots cast, one half of them in 2008 were thrown out. now, as a result of the new voter suppression law, you've already stated, mr. chairman, long lines an avalanche of provisional ballots, court challenges, all of it has come to pass. you
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